Green Bay, Wis. – It certainly sounds like the Green Bay Packers would love to move on from Aaron Rodgers and start the Jordan Love Era immediately.
While Packers president Mark Murphy didn’t rule out the possibility that Rodgers could return as the team’s starting quarterback, it clearly isn’t the team’s first choice, Murphy told the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association girls’ basketball conference on Friday. said during an interview at the tournament. which is taking place across the street from Lambeau Field at the Race Center Arena.
“I mean, if things don’t work out the way we want, yeah,” Murphy said on the WIAA broadcast when asked if there was a scenario in which Rodgers could come back. “He’s obviously a great player and a four-time MVP, but I think it’s just trying to find what he wants and what we want, and hopefully we can find a win-win situation.” “
Murphy confirmed that the Packers had given Rodgers and the New York Jets permission to speak, which he did when he met with Rodgers in California earlier this week.
“We gave them permission, but I can’t really go into the details,” Murphy said. “We’re really hopeful that we can reach a resolution that not only works for Aaron but for us as well.”
murphy so told ABC affiliate WBAY of Green Bay Rodgers and the Jets were allowed to meet “to help Aaron get what he wanted along with the Packers, and hopefully make it a win-win for both sides.”
In that interview, he referred to Rodgers’ career in the past tense.
“Very few players only play for one team, and obviously Brett’s had a great career, Aaron’s had a great career here,” Murphy told WBAY. “And no matter what happens, Aaron will be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, he’ll be in our Hall of Fame and we’ll bring him back and retire his number. But it’s just one of those things that you go through on a team.” As in. Again, we want to try to get something that’s good for both Aaron and us.”
Murphy also presided over the Packers trade of quarterback Brett Favre to the Jets in 2008, which paved the way for the acquisition of Rodgers. He signed off on then-General Manager Ted Thompson’s decision to trade Favre and would theoretically have to do so before current GM Brian Gutekunst’s deal was finalized.
Murphy reiterated to the Packers that he hoped a solution could be reached before Wednesday, which is the start of NFL free agency.
The Packers appear ready to turn things around with Love, the 2020 first-round draft pick who spent the past three seasons as Rodgers’ backup.
“We have a lot of confidence in him,” Murphy said. “We drafted him and developed him. A lot of credit goes to our coaches and Jordan. But we think he’s ready.”